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    ProofreadingThe path to happiness and success

    with writing.A SEVEN STEP PROCESS

    Credit goes to Mr. Richter and worldofteaching.com

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    The Seven Steps

    1. Check for complete sentences

    2. Check for words that are left out and checkfor words or ideas that are repeated

    3. Check all words for capitalization mistakes

    4. Check for all punctuation mistakes

    5. Check for subject-verb agreement

    6. Check for problems in usage

    7. Check for misspelled words

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    Step 1Complete Sentences

    A sentence is complete when it has:

    A subjectWhat or who is the sentence about

    A verbWhat is being said about the subject, orwhat did the subject do

    A capital letter at the beginning

    An end mark at the end

    It makes sense

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    Step 2Are words left out or

    repeated?

    Sometimes we start a sentence with an idea andthen restate the idea at the end because weforgot what we said.

    Sometimes we accidentally repeat or leave outwords because we know what we meant to say,but forget to actually say it.

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    Step 3Check for Capitalization

    Mistakes

    All proper nouns should be capitalized.

    All proper adjectives should be capitalized.

    Important words in titles should be capitalized. Common nouns should not be capitalized.

    If you arent sure, LOOK IT UP!

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    Step 4Check for Punctuation

    Mistakes

    Five Punctuation marks:

    Commas

    Periods

    Apostrophes

    Quotation Marks

    Underlining

    Check for each kind of mistake

    If you arent sure, LOOK IT UP!

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    Step 6Check for problems in usage

    Pronoun usagedoes the pronoun refer to aspecific, already identified noun within theparagraph.

    Double negativestwo nots make a do.

    A/an choicesAn comes before a

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    Step 7 - Check for Misspelled Words

    Keep an eye out for misused homonyms (words thatsound alike but have different spellings and meanings)

    Check each word starting from the end of the sentence

    and working toward the beginning. (this keeps youfrom assuming what the word will be because ofcontext and helps you see what is actually on the page)

    IF YOU ARENT ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE,

    LOOK IT UP!

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    Benefits of This Approach

    ID seven types of errors you can make.

    The hunt and find method of proofreading isbased on finding a percentage of your mistakes.

    This system ensures you will find almost all theerrors in your text.

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